Jackalope Alert! FoxNews snookered by gaiaists

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200jackalope.jpgTalk about buying into the global warming hysteria. Ever since FNC offered up Robert Kennedy as a “special correspondent” on its much ballyhooed global warming report, Fox has become a sucker for the gaiaist apocalyptic syndrome. Yesterday’s report on Lohachara Island was an another example of junk science gone wild.

The Fox story began with this bold headline:

An inhabited island has been wiped off the face of the Earth due to global warming, Britain’s The Independent newspaper reported on Sunday.

Remote Lohachara Island was in the Indian part of the Sundarbans , a vast mangrove delta where the Ganges empties into the Bay of Bengal on the Indian-Bangladeshi border.

Rising sea levels have swallowed the island whole, according to the report. It was once home to 10,000 people.

Lohachara’s disappearance wasn’t easy to discover. Satellites monitored it until it finally disappeared.

As Aaron noted at Free Will, “Odd. You’d think the inhabitants would’ve noticed it before the satellites did. Or, they might not:

As Tim Blair notes, this “shocking news actually took place 22 years ago.”

None of that matters to the Independent’s environmental editor Geoffrey Lean,

who evidently believes all weather change is due to Meddling Humans. And that’s all change, whether towards cold or heat. In 2004, Lean reported that “Britain is likely to be plunged into an ice age within our lifetime by global warming”. Two years later, he asked: “So where has all the snow gone?”

I’m not at all surprised that the report originated in the UK Independent. This is the same newspaper that calls the idiot Robert Fisk, the “eminent Middle East scholar” of our time. Fox News has been flirting with the global warming crowd for several months. They should know better.

h/t Sarah D, GCP

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Top aide to Muqtada al-Sadr killed in Iraqi raid

Got another bad guy in Iraq (h/t N2L)

A top aide to anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr was killed in a raid by US troops Wednesday in the Shi’ite holy city of Najaf, an Iraqi lawmaker said.

The US military, however, said American troops participated in a raid led by Iraqi forces that led to the death of a man with the same name as the aide, Sahib al-Amiri. The military described al-Amiri as a criminal involved in the use of roadside bombs.

Nassar al-Rubaie, the head of al-Sadr’s bloc in parliament, said al-Amiri was killed when American forces entered his home at dawn.

“We offer our condolences to the Iraqi people and to the al-Sadr movement for the killing of Sahib al-Amiri, one of al-Sadr’s prominent figures,” al-Rubaie said. Later Wednesday, mourners carried al-Amiri’s coffin, draped in an Iraqi flag, on a funeral procession through downtown Najaf.


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Saddam Supporters Vow Revenge (I am Ba’athist, hear me roar)

Amman – Saddam Hussein’s Ba’ath Party threatened on Wednesday to retaliate if the ousted Iraqi leader was executed, warning in an internet posting that it would target United States interests anywhere.

The statement appeared on a Web site known to represent the Ba’ath, which was disbanded after US-led forces overthrew Saddam in 2003.

The site is believed to be run from Yemen, where a number of exiled members of the party are based.

On Tuesday, Iraq’s highest court rejected Saddam’s appeal against a conviction and death sentence for the killing of 148 people who were detained after an attempt to assassinate him in Dujail, northern Iraq, in 1982.

The court said the former president should be hanged within 30 days.

‘Determined to retaliate’

The statement read: “Our party warns again of the consequences of executing Mr President and his comrades.


Heh™ Yeah, good luck with ‘dat.

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Saddam offers self as “sacrifice”

(Even though he doesn’t have a lot of choice in the matter…)

Ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein said in a letter released on Wednesday that he would go to the gallows as a “sacrifice” and called on his former Iraqi subjects to unite against their enemies.

Saddam, in a letter written to the Iraqi people from his cell before his appeal against a death sentence failed, said: “I sacrifice myself. If God wills it, he will place me among the true men and martyrs.”

Defence counsel Khalil Dulaimi said in Jordan that Saddam had written the letter in November when he was first sentenced to death and that it had been released to the public after the news that his appeal had failed.

“It’s release was delayed by the length of the procedures imposed by the Americans,” Dulaimi said, by way of explanation.


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